Computational and Systems Biology / Undergraduate Study

Structural Biology Minor

The Structural Biology minor introduces undergraduate students to an active interdisciplinary research field at UCLA. It examines biological systems in a holistic and quantitative manner by emphasizing systems and integrative principles in biology and consists of lower-division courses basic to the minor, plus three core courses and one option course that provide the needed background in structural biology, biologic microscopy, and biochemistry. Students who complete the minor have sufficient training to apply the knowledge they learn in graduate school or employment of their choice.

To enter the minor, students must (1) be in good academic standing (2.0 grade-point average or better) and have completed Computer Science 31 or Program in Computing 10A with a grade of C or better, (2) submit an application essay supporting their interest in pursuing the minor and detailing any projects that they have already undertaken, and (3) file a petition in the Undergraduate Advising Office, 4436 Boelter Hall, after appropriate counseling.

Required Lower-Division Course (4 units): Mathematics 33A.

Required Upper-Division Courses (22 units): Chemistry and Biochemistry 153A, M230B, Computational and Systems Biology M184, Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics 105, and two elective courses selected from Biostatistics 100A, Chemistry and Biochemistry M117, 156, Electrical and Computer Engineering 102, 113, Statistics 100A, 100B.

A minimum of 20 units applied toward the minor requirements must be in addition to units applied toward major requirements or another minor.

Each minor course must be taken for a letter grade, and students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better in the minor. Successful completion of the minor is indicated on the transcript and diploma.